Government lawyers agreed today to drop an ICE policy that would have forced foreign students to leave the country if they were unwilling or unable to find a school that would teach their classes in person. Read more.
MIT and Harvard today asked a federal judge to block a new ICE ruling that would force foreign students already enrolled in college here to either find schools that would teach them in person or leave the country. Read more.
The MIT Tech reports. The news comes a day after Harvard announced only freshmen and some other students would be allowed back. Both schools, meanwhile, now have to figure out what to do about international students the government wants to kick out.
It's Harvard, what do you expect? The Crimson reports members of Congress, including at least one who went to school in Cambridge, are pushing a bill, basically aimed at Harvard, that would prevent colleges from punishing students who join single-sex clubs. Read more.
The Harvard Crimson has the details in the dispute over who discovered a particular gene-changing technique first; Berkeley is using words like "pattern of deception" and "cherry-picked data" in a complaint filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Harvard and MIT volleys back with words like "baseless."
A federal judge yesterday sentenced Nicholas Zuckerman to 15 months in prison and three years of probation for threatening to travel to Harvard and blow things up and shoot participants in a commencement event for black students, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
The Boston Globe's Annika Hom talks with Leemarie Mosca, the new president and executive director of Rosie's Place Mosca serves as "the organization's fifth president" and is "responsible for overseeing organizational affairs, community engagement, and 123 staff members."
Matthew S. Schwartz of NPR reports on a lawsuit against the Ol' Crimson brought by one Tamara Lanier. Per Lanier "Papa Renty" is the patriarch of her family. And in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, she says Harvard is using those photos without permission — and in so doing, profiting from photos taken by a racist professor determined to prove the inferiority of black people."
MBTA's current "priority places." Allston/Brighton officials want part of Allston added.
Five elected officials who represent Allston/Brighton want the state to include the area around the Allston turnpike exit as a "priority place" in its 2040 transportation plans because development in and near the old Beacon Park rail yard will otherwise mean "unacceptable congestion." Read more.
The BPDA board yesterday approved Harvard's request to ditch all the zoning on 14 acres it owns in Allston so the university can begin figuring out exactly how it wants to build out an innovation district of its own that would include 900,000 total square feet of office, lab and hotel space and new residences. Read more.
Mayor Walsh and Harvard President Drew Faust get their ceremonial shovels out today to officially launch a $6.5-million upgrade of Smith Field that will include a street-hockey rink, a splash pond, new walking paths, an amphitheater for public performances and upgrades to the existing playground and playing fields.
The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. at the park off Western Avenue.
The Crimson reports two Iranian sisters, one headed to do mathematical work, the other to study philosophy, were barred from a flight from London on Sunday despite having visas. They were denied seats on three other flights as well. The two have a sister who is already in Cambridge, working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
A woman who graduated Harvard last year says the university violated a federal equal education law by not educating students about sexual assault and harassment - and by failing to protect her after she complained about the actions of a former boyfriend who also attended the school. Read more.
The Harvard Gazette reports researchers at Harvard, MIT and the Joslin Diabetes Center have successfully tested an implantable bundle containing human pancreas cells in mice and primates with type 1 diabetes.
Key to the research is alginate, a substance derived from seaweed that blocks the immune system from attacking the container for the new cells as "foreign" without the need for expensive and risky immune suppressing drugs. Read more.
In recent months, 427 units of housing have been proposed in a small Brighton neighborhood:
New Balance has proposed 295 units at 125 Guest St. as part of its massive Boston Landing development. The 17-story building abuts the New Balance athletic facility where the Bruins will practice and New Balance's flagship, ship-like building lines the Massachusetts Turnpike. Read more.
The Harvard Gazette reports researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed "a model of human intestinal inflammation and bacterial overgrowth in a human-gut-on-a-chip" that should make it easier to figure out and develop possible remedies for such ailments as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.